Stripping your floorboards can be a highly rewarding project, capable of transforming a floor which has seen better days into something which, actually, looks quite good! So how do you go about it? We've got a simple guide to get you started...
1. Before starting out, make sure you take into account the length of time that sanding floors will take. You also need to decide whether you'd like to do the job yourself, which will include buying the equipment, or if it would be simpler for you to hire a professional to do it.
2. When it comes to the equipment, you'll need a large sander to cover the main area. You'll also need an edge sander for, that's right, the edges.
3. Before starting, make sure you remove everything from the room. Anything that can't be taken out should be covered with dust sheets.
4. You'll need a smooth surface to work on - therefore, be sure you've checked the floor for any wayward nails that will need hammering down. You'll also need to fill in any gaps in the floorboards.
5. To start you'll need to hoover and then sweep the floor. Now, while wearing goggles and a dust mask, start to sand with 40 grit paper. Once you've finished, repeat using 80 grit paper and finally, 120 grit.